Vicki Greenwell

Defender insists team can get better

by Claire Forrester

Ladies star looking to return to winning ways.

Sunderland Ladies will face Oxford United on Sunday 3rd August, kick off 11.30am at the Hetton Centre and the Lady Black Cats will be looking to get back to winning ways.

Sunderland earned a hard fought point in last weekend’s top of the table clash at Doncaster Rovers Belles, dropping their first points of the season but still maintaining their unbeaten streak in the league.

Earlier in the season Sunderland faced Oxford United in the FA Women’s Cup and won the match comfortably 5-1. However, defender Victoria Greenwell is taking nothing for granted and is quick to point out that a lot has changed since the last time the sides met.

“When we played Oxford in the FA Cup it was before the WSL2 season had started,” explains Greenwell. “Teams have been improving and adjusting to the league and its pace. We have to do our homework on Oxford and prepare as we normally do.

“We do not think that this game will be easy, in fact it was the first thing our manager spoke to us about after the final whistle at Doncaster, getting us to start preparing for our next game. We would be foolish to think it’s going to be an easy game.”

One game that certainly wasn’t easy was last weekend’s match at Doncaster where the Lady Black Cats worked hard to come back from a goal down and secure a point to keep themselves top of the table and two points ahead of their South Yorkshire rivals.

“We were pleased with the result at Doncaster because we came away with something,” said Greenwell. “We have so many injuries in the squad and a suspension so to still come through the game and get something out of it, as well as creating many chances, was a real positive for us. A point away from home against a tough opposition is not a bad thing.”

The team may be top of the league but that does not mean they will be getting complacent, in fact they are constantly looking to improve.

“We are getting results but I still think we have much more to give with the quality of players that we have,” admits Greenwell. “We set high standards for ourselves and I know if we played to our best we would still be asking for more.

“Personally I really enjoyed the beginning of the season. I was scoring a couple of goals and I thought my fitness and strength had increased a lot. I don't think the break helped me as an individual, when you get a good run of games under your belt you don’t want to stop. I will continue to work hard and hopefully regain the form, and goals, from the beginning of the season!”